Maine Designers Update Historic Home

BAR HARBOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)– An historic home in Bar Harbor got an upgrade from some Maine designers looking to show their stuff to support cancer research. Brightholme, located at 18 Wayman Lane near downtown Bar Harbor, used to be the home of Jackson Lab founder C. C. Little in the 1920’s. With the help of Maine Interior Design Magazine, the current owners of the house recruited eleven designers from across the state to revitalize the old space. Tours are available of the newly decorated home, with all profits going to Jackson Laboratory. Organizers say a lot have residents have turned…


Announcing The 2012 Eater Awards For Maine

Announcing The 2012 Eater Awards For MaineMonday, November 12, 2012, by Susan Axelrod It is time now—drumroll, trumpets, etc.—to announce the winners of the 2012 Eater Awards. In over a dozen categories in 18 cities and the state of Maine, the winners comprise a diverse group of the finest and most interesting chefs, operators, and characters in the country. We applaud them. You are hereby instructed to applaud them. So, without further ado—actually, a few quick pre-ambling thoughts … To recap, Eater’s local editors in 18 cities and the state of Maine nominated candidates for five major local categories: Restaurant of the…


Maine Mag – Carmen at the Danforth

By Joe RicchioPhotographs by Kristin Teig On my most recent visit to Carmen at The Danforth in Portland, there was a brief moment—while sampling some of the most tender and flavorful grilled baby flower octopus that I have ever tasted—when my mind fell into a vacation-induced trance of sorts, and I completely forgot that just outside the walls of this nineteenth-century mansion my regular day-to-day existence was waiting for me. Instead, I just focused on the smoky-charred goodness of the octopus and the crunchy slaw made from chayote squash that accompanied it, while continuing to be mesmerized by the fruity…


The Maine Mag – Kim Swan

By Chelsea Holden BakerPhotograph by Nathan Eldridge Maverick realtor, business addict, life of the party Ask Kim Swan what she does for a living and she’ll say, “real estate.” Which is true, except that Swan may have the most expansive definition of “real estate” in the business. In 1987, with just three years of full-time experience, Swan purchased and redesigned a small $30,000 gardener’s cottage and sold it for $76,000. Eventually she began taking on larger projects, like inns, which led her to open art galleries, design events with top chefs, educate innkeepers, start a party-planning company, invest in country…


Maine Home & Design – Lofty Ambitions

By Candace Karu Photography Darren Setlow An innovative entrepreneur creates the perfect Portland pied-à-terre. Brick walls. Soaring ceilings. Massive dividing doors. Kim Swan’s fifth-floor apartment in Portland’s Winslow Lofts wouldn’t be out of place in New York’s Meatpacking District or Tribeca. Her Congress Street abode has a sophisticated urban vibe that belies its Maine history. Exotic species of wood were used in the handcrafted casework. Lighting comes from sources as far-flung as Italy and Denmark. Even the dusky Pratt & Lambert paint colors reinforce the feeling of downtown chic. Swan, a Maine real estate entrepreneur, has created a retreat in…